Cambridge stars at Awards

The late Jim Campin’s recognition with the Outstanding Contribution to Racing Award topped off a big night for the Cambridge centre at the NZ Thoroughbred Racing Awards in Hamilton last night.

Campin was a prominent owner-trainer and breeder and established the successful Chequers Stud in Cambridge. He died at the age of 76 last April and in accepting the award his son Mark-Fraser Campin read an acceptance speech written by his father.

It is the first time the trophy for Outstanding Contribution to Racing has been awarded posthumously and it was thoroughly deserved, but overdue.

The Cambridge training partnership of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman strolled away with the Champion Trainer Award and their stable star Dundeel was a unanimous winner of the three-year-old category.

There were no surprises in the categories with Ruud Awakening, from Stephen Marsh, a decisive winner of the Champion Two-Year-old Award, Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young’s top galloper Sangster taking the Champion Stayer Award and Ann Browne’s Great Northern Steeplechase winner Tom’s Myth winning the Champion Jumper Award.

Ocean Park, who was prepared at Matamata by part-owner Gary Hennessy, dominated the evening being named Horse Of The Year, Champion Middle Distance Performer. His dam, Sayyida, was named Champion Broodmare and his owners, Andrew Wong, Stephen Yang and Hennessy, picked up the owners’ award.

Cambridge was also part of the Ocean Park action with Trelawney Stud’s Brent and Cherry Taylor, picking up the breeders’ award.

Other award winners on the night included Final Touch, who took all the votes in the Champion Sprinter Award, Opie Bosson (Champion Jockey Award) and Isaac Lupton (Champion Jumps Jockey).